Arsenal are looking to Manchester City’s Head of Academy Recruitment and Talent, Joe Shields, as part of a major revamp of the London club’s academy setup, according to the Daily Mail.
Joe Shields, who is credited with the recruitment of Jadon Sancho in 2015 at the Etihad Stadium, is wanted by the London club to take up a leading role in a ‘new-look youth scouting set-up’, according to Sami Mokbel’s exclusive report.
It is reported that Shields is ‘hugely admired‘ by officials at Arsenal, as they look to persuade City’s academy head to make the switch down south. Shields has not only held several positions during his time at the Etihad, but has also spent six-and-a-half years with the current Premier League champions – becoming highly thought of by those involved.
In 2015, Jadon Sancho made the move to the Etihad Stadium from Watford’s youth academy setup – a move that is credited to Joe Shields four years ago. Sancho has gone on to become one of the most highly-sought after young talents in world football, despite leaving Manchester City in 2017.
City will be looking to retain the services of Shields, as the constant drive to maintain their place at the very top of elite football continues. Youth talent and the recruitment of the next generation of world stars is very much at the top of City’s agenda, proven by their ongoing scouting mission at the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup.
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